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Run a program in higher resolution and scale it down to fit monitor

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We have DELL 22" monitors with the maximum resolution 1680x1050. We have a program that require 1130 pixels in height to display all information correct. The width 1680 is ok. The program is Java-based and we run it on computers running Windows 7.

Instead of buying expensive 22" monitors that can deliver 1920x1200 or 24" monitors, I'm looking for a software that can run the program in 1920x1200 and then scale it down to 1680x1050 (or zoom it to 87,5% of original size). That way we would get what we need.

Some command-line software that you could specify path to program to run, desired resolution to run it in and actual resolution to display it in (or percentage of original size).

All I can find is programs that actually changes the resolution and then changes it back when exiting. We just need this specific program to display more, the rest of the desktop and applications don't need it.

Now... does anyone know any software that could do this?
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terencino earned 500 total points
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One way is to set up the application with the right size monitor, and have other users connect to it with Remote Desktop using max quality settings. The application will retain the right aspect ratio, but RDP will rescale the desktop to match the user's monitor, so it looks almost like the app is running on your PC.
Here are some other apps that might help:
AutoSizer
ResizeEnable plus Instructions
Sizer
WinSize2
Let us know how it goes
...Terry
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I have a netbook that allows you to set the resolution to larger than the screen size, and the screen only shows part of the desktop at once, while you scroll the desktop to view other parts of it.

I found some "virtual desktop" programs that offer something similar:
http://ynea.futureware.at/cgi-bin/infinite_screen.pl
http://download.cnet.com/SDesk/3000-2346_4-10078754.html
https://sites.google.com/site/gimespace/home/desktop-extender-edition
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I've tried the four first programs and they are quite the same thing. I didn't get WinSize2 to work in my 64-bit Win 7-computer. Of the other three I chose AutoSizer. It doesn't seem to handle multiple user though, I have to make the settings for all.

I havn't tried the programs for Virtual Desktop yet, so I can't say anything about those.

The top 100 pixels of the program I'm running isn't of interest. So in AutoSizer I've set at fixed size larger then the resolution in height. Then I set a fixed y-position at -100 pixels. Now I can see all the information I want.

Thank you!
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That's great glad something worked for you!
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

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Hi LeeTutor, I object on the basis that the questioner clearly selected AutoSizer as the application to fit his requirement, which was suggested by me. Since he used the wording: "Now I can see all the information I want. Thank you! " therefore my solution should be accepted. A grading of Excellent is indicated on the basis there was an exclamation mark on the "Thank you!"

Thank you! LeeTutor
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I agree, terencino's suggestion of of Autosizer apparently worked for the OP, so Answer ID 38736223 should be accepted as the solution, getting all points.
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Thank you! too marsilies!
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